Patience Jonathan denies link with militant group

Embattled ex- First Lady Patience Jonathan has denied any link with the militant group, Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF), which threatened to attack the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if she was ever arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The militant group, in a statement by one Parkinson George-Amabo, had described the ongoing probe of the accounts the former First Lady laid claims to as a criminal act, saying an attempt to arrest her would ignite actions that would target the NNPC head offices in Abuja.

But a member of Mrs. Jonathan’s legal team, Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, in a telephone chat in Warri yesterday said the former president and his family had nothing to do with the threat, noting that the family believed in the rule of law and would rather pursue the ongoing situation legally.

Okponipere who had earlier threatened a N5 billion suit against the EFCC at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in the Gambia if the anti-graft commission failed to back off from freezing the former First Lady’s accounts in Skye Bank within 14 days, said NDPPVF was on its own as the former First Lady had never sought to use violence to get justice in her battle with the EFCC.

He said: ‘’All I can tell you is that the Jonathans have nothing to do with violence; they don’t support violence, they don’t subscribe to violence so everybody was taken aback by that statement.

‘’Former President Jonathan is someone who believes in the rule of law, he believes that at the end of the day, by the grace of God, the matter will be resolved through the process of dialogue, through the process of the rule of law. I think that group was speaking for itself.

“As far as we are concerned, they are on their own.’’

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